Memo has always been the type of place that received acknowledgement in my head as I walked by en route to another place, its tables always full of families. Eventually it became the place I headed for when in the neighborhood for some repeat business, for two enjoyable solo meals.
The surrounding area is largely Russian, and some of the customers are as well, but the Turkish clientele makes up the majority along with some other halal eaters. A quick look on their Facebook page shows me I was dining here about a month after Bernie Sanders, the candidate the restaurant has decided to endorse. Sorry to have missed him!
Two big beautiful rotating spits greet customers coming in from Kings Highway, and on my first visit I took a simple lamb doner pita ($6, below), which is served with their house made yogurt sauce. The sandwich necessitates most of the sauce, otherwise it can be on the dry side, but it is nice to be in control of the wetness. Over-drenched doner can fall apart on you easily.
On the second visit, I tried their unfortunately so-so lebne ($6, below), a yogurt dish with walnuts and garlic and usually one of my favorite meze. Thankfully, you always get delicious bread at any Turkish restaurant, and here is no exception.
In addition to the breads, their large ovens are also churning out an array of good pide, sometimes referred to as Turkish pizza. The sucuklu kasarli pide ($10, below), is a canoe-shaped bread baked with Turkish kasseri cheese and sausage, always a favorite. The version here is extremely thin and had me wondering if Turkey had similar conversations about their pide like we have here about thin and thick crusted pizzas.
I like the atmosphere here, a busy casual restaurant making people of all stripes happy on a busy corner of Brooklyn.